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How to start a reading group

Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers.

1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is large enough to allow for no-shows and small enough to make sure everyone can have their say.

2. Monthly meetings work well because it gives everyone a chance to read the book.

3. Libraries, bookshops, cafes and pubs are all ideal venues for advertising your group.

4. You can choose books by taking turns, lucky dip or voting.

5. Try preparing some basic questions to get the discussion started. Simple ones include: did you like the book? How did you feel about but the characters? Would you recommend the book to others? Why/why not?

You can find more resources for reading groups here as well as offers for reading groups.

News

The Radio 2 Book Club on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

The BBC Radio 2 Book Club announced on 24 January that its new home is on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. The Radio 2 Book Club will feature a wide range of titles and authors, recommending great reads from both new and much-loved writers, encouraging listeners to perhaps try out a genre they might not have read before, and share their opinions and insights on the titles and great reads they’re enjoying right now.

Resources

How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started. You can also download icebreaker questions to help get your discussion started, and a social media guide to show how you can share your reading with others online.

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Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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